Thu 12 Dec 2019, 6.30–8pm
Cass Research Seminars:


Room GSG-15
The Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design
London E1 7TP

Millenium Communities Sign

The video of the Collectives session is available here.

Two presentations on the topic of collectives.

Rosie Hervey will present her paper entitled Urban networks of care; collective housing and common space as a spatio-social concept and Rebecca Lester will present her paper: The New Commons; the role of Community Land Trusts in securing public land for the public good.

Rosie is a practicing architect and undergraduate tutor based in London. Research presented at this seminar is adapted from her WCMT travelling fellowship documenting intergenerational housing case studies in Europe.  She asks, what innovation around shared amenity and common space is emerging within community-led schemes? And how can this in turn facilitate a new generosity of the built environment towards its neighborhood and community? This paper explores case studies investigating multi generational housing at a building and neighborhood scale, examining how the design and governance of common infrastructure affects its ability to support informal networks of care to develop.

Rebecca is an ethnographer and design researcher working in industry. Research presented at this seminar is adapted from her MSc thesis in Social & Cultural Anthropology, which she completed at UCL earlier this year. Her paper asks, what role might CLTs play in securing public land that would otherwise be sold into private ownership? And how do these processes shift attitudes towards land use and ownership among people living in the surrounding areas? Based on three months’ ethnographic fieldwork with a CLT in Hastings, UK, the case study examined concerns a brownfield site in the poorest area of the town that was set aside by central government and the local authority for a major regeneration scheme in the early 2000s but never developed. My research charts attempts by the CLT to secure land so that it can be used to benefit the place and the people who live there.

The two 20 minute presentations will be followed by a chaired discussion between the presenters and the audience, with the objective of peer review and helping the presenters push their research forwards.

About Cass Research Seminars

Cass Research Seminars are a series of public conversations which enable researchers to test and present their ideas in conversation with peers and a broader audience. The sessions seek cross-fertilisation of ideas and provoke discussion. Typically, they consist of two to three presentations of 15 minutes each followed by chaired discussion.

We had a productive year in 2017/18. Presenters found that the session deepened their work and added unexpected avenues to their thinking. All are welcome at Cass Research Seminars, both from inside and outside The Cass. For more information email and follow us on Twitter for the latest information @CassResearch

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